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Legally qualified member of the boards of appeal (INT/EXT/5601)

The European Patent Office in Munich is seeking a legally qualified member of the boards of appeal*

Board 3.1.01
Several posts (likely to arise)

Deadline for applications: 7.02.2014

Under the European Patent Convention, the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office have final-instance jurisdiction with respect to European patents.

A board of appeal acts in a collegial manner, in that context a board member's main duties are as follows:

  • Participation in all written and oral procedural stages of proceedings before the boards of appeal, up to and including the decision terminating the proceedings.
  • As rapporteur: making proposals for communications to the parties, the preparation of oral proceedings and, where necessary, on the taking of evidence.
    Preparing draft decisions, including all related tasks.
  • After gaining experience in the duties of a member of the boards of appeal, helping to train new board members and assistants.
  • Tasks relating to the organisation and working methods of DG 3.

Candidates must have a diploma of completed law studies at university level or - in exceptional cases - equivalent knowledge acquired over many years of qualified work, as well as many years of professional experience.

They must also have a special aptitude for judicial work. Very high standards of performance are expected. Candidates should have worked as judges, preferably in the field of patent law, and/or have practical experience in patent opposition, appeal, nullity, infringement proceedings as lawyers in private practice, or as legal advisers in public administration or industry. They should preferably be between 45 and 55 years of age.

Candidates must have an excellent knowledge of one official language of the EPO (English, French and German) and the ability to understand the other two.

Internal candidates should supplement their application with their last two full period staff reports, as well as agree to their superior being contacted in case they are invited for an interview.

Application until: 07.02.2014

Please apply by sending us your online application.

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How to get there: directions for the European Patent Office in Munich.


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